How Firm a Wrong Foundation

Ben Witherington shared this cartoon, but did not comment on the fact that (1) it depicts the individual on the left as taking a stand on a different foundation than the Bible itself teaches people to, and (2) it encourages those who do so to treat those who offer criticisms, and draw a problem such [Read More…]

Disrespecting Scripture

When sharing a recent post on Facebook, I prefaced it with the words above, and thought it might be worth sharing them as a meme. I had young-earth creationists particularly in mind when I said this, but I think it applies more broadly. Those who most loudly and adamantly proclaim themselves the defenders the Bible, [Read More…]

Attacking the Bible

I thought that the above quote from Pete Enns was worth sharing. Especially the last bit, since it really does highlight a central issue in a lot of discussions that I have, too. Sometimes people seem to completely fail to recognize that, when they talk about “what the Bible says,” what they really mean is “what I [Read More…]

The Bible as Tree of Knowledge

In a recent Facebook exchange, I formulated some points that seem to me to have a wider applicability, and so I am sharing them here, more or less in the same form as I first wrote them… Your underlying aim is to escape from the uncertainty inherent in the human condition. Historical study, for instance, [Read More…]

Fundamentalists aren’t “Biblical”

I thought I would turn something I said in a recent post into an image, in case it helps it circulate more widely. I really do think this is an important point! [Read more…]

What Does “Biblical” Mean?

Chuck Queen wrote a helpful post recently, sharing his own experience of interacting with someone who insisted the Bible was clear – but didn’t accept its “clear” teaching on certain matters. The quote above is from that post. Click through to read the rest. I’ve said it often before, but it bears repeating. One should never say [Read More…]

Bernard Ramm on Inerrancy

To me whether there are some errors or not in Scripture is something determined empirically. We cannot dogmatize facts into or out of existence. Bernard Ramm, “The Relation of Science, Factual Statements and the Doctrine of Biblical Inerrancy,” JASA 21 (1969) 98-104. I came across this quote in Christopher Rios’ book After the Monkey Trial (p.147), which [Read More…]

Loving the Bible Again

Another quote from a very helpful post by John Pavlovitz. [Read more…]

The Bible Then and Now

You’ve probably seen versions of the above that make the false claim that the Bible offered science ahead of its time – which no one noticed apparently until after the fact. John Loftus shared the above response, which pokes fun at that attempt. My own perspective is that both the religious fundamentalists who insist that [Read More…]

Struggling with Homosexuality

There are a lot of people in our time who can be described as “struggling with homosexuality.” In some cases, it is individuals struggling with their own sexuality. But in far more cases, it seems there are people who are heterosexuals and who are nonetheless ‘struggling with homosexuality’ – struggling to read the Bible in [Read More…]